Custom taxonomies are a useful add on when you are creating a custom WordPress site that’s more than a blog. When combining custom taxonomies and custom post types just right, you can create any kind of website using WordPress. via How to use custom taxonomies in WordPress | Developer Drive.

  Leo Mirani is getting tweeted around this morning for his piece in quartz that points out that 80% of the Web is dominated by just 10 languages: Internet access doesn’t fully explain the imbalance.  The Middle East scores much lower than you would expect, given how many people in that part of the world are are online, says Graham. There are some 7,000 languages spoken around the world today. Yet Facebook is available in just 70, with another 40 in translation, writes Facebook’s Iris Orriss, who runs its localization efforts. Even fewer are supported on mobile devices. Hindi, spoken by more than 250 million people, wasn’t available on Google’s Android operating system until last year, as Quartz has reported. Today, some 80% of[…]

Google’s new design language, material design, makes its debut this week in Lollipop, the latest version of Android. It brings a bright new look to phones and tablets. But to hear Google’s designers explain it, material design is something far more ambitious than a new coat of pixels. By combining relevant rules from the world of graphic design with new ideas about interfaces and input, Google is aiming to establish some best practices for the fledgling field of interactive design at large. Material design is a few things. It’s a makeover—a “sweeping, well-reasoned, and often beautiful redesign” as we said earlier this year. It’s a new way of understanding user interfaces, in which UI elements get stacked like physical objects[…]

Responsive design, which allows designers and developers to build websites that adapt to every screen size, is one of the most empowering web tools to be adopted in the last decade. But adapting to the screen is only the first frontier of a new, responsive web.   Today, users expect online experiences that not only respond to what device they’re using, but also their location, time of day, what they’ve already read, and events happening in real time. via The Next Big Thing In Responsive Design | Co.Design | business + design.

Today, our apps are basically self-contained castles. Walled off from every other app, you have to open Google Maps to find restaurants in your area, then you have to open up Yelp to search its reviews, and then you have to load Safari to search what Kow Soy is because everybody on Yelp says you just have to order it. In response, Apple debuted a new feature that will appear in their new iPhone/iPad software, iOS 8. They’re called Extensions. And what they do is allow you to use apps within apps, without having to multitask your way back and forth. via Alpha Apps: The Smartphone Future No One Is Talking About | Co.Design | business + design.

The HTML5 <video> element makes embedding videos into your site as easy as embedding images. And since all major browsers support <video> since 2011, it’s also the most reliable way to get your moving pictures seen by people. A more recent addition to the HTML5 family is the <track> element. It’s a sub-element of <video>, intended to make the video timeline more accessible. Its main use case is adding closed captions. These captions are loaded from a separate text file (a WebVTT file) and printed over the bottom of the video display. Ian Devlin has written an excellent article on the subject. Beyond captions though, the <track> element can be used for any kind of interaction with the video timeline.[…]

There are plenty of great plugins out there that can help you get your visitors more involved in your blog. Some are simple: they let your users submit content they think is useful, or make it easier to have a real discussion in comments. Others are more complex, on par with full-featured social networks like Facebook. All of them can help you create a community surrounding your blog and your content.   Building Community Sites with WordPress: 15 Plugins to Get Started – noupe.